Saturday, June 10, 2006

Ban : Daman Manch to move HC

Statesman News Service

BERHAMPUR, June 9: The Daman Pratirodh Manch will use public platforms and the courts of law to challenge the state governments decision to ban it in Orissa along with other frontal organisations of the Naxals. The convenor of the Daman Pratirodh Manch, Mr Dandapani Mohanty, said that their organisation will approach the Orissa High Court to contest the state cabinets decision to ban the organisation in Orissa.

It may be noted that the state cabinet decided to ban the Naxal organisation, CPI-Maoist and seven other organisations that are allegedly frontal organisations of the Naxals. These seven banned frontal organisations are Daman Pratirodh Manch, Kui Lewanga Sangh, Revolutionary Democratic Front, Chasi Mulia Samity, Jan Natya Mandali, Krantikari Kisan Samity and Bal Sangh.

Mr Mohanty said that the Daman Pratirodh Manch is a democratic organisation and that a ban on it is an undemocratic move.

When asked about his future course of action, he said his organisation will also try to garner the support of the oppressed and the intellectuals in the state to press upon the state government to lift the ban on the peoples organisations in the state.

Mr Mohanty said that organisations like Daman Partirodh Manch consider the Naxal problem to be a socio-economic one while the state government considers it to be a law and order problem. He added that these ban orders will be a stumbling block in the path of any possibilities of talks among the Naxals, the pro-people leaders and the state government.

Mr Mohanty declared that the Daman Pratirodh Manch had no links with the Naxals or the CPI-Maoist party. But he accepted that both the Naxals and the Daman Pratirodh Manch are tackling problems related to the downtrodden and tribals in the state. Both have voiced their opposition against the abuse of the downtrodden.

He said both organisations have a similar point of view but they have no connection.
It may be noted that since last year, the Daman Pratirodh Manch has organised massive pro-Naxal rallies in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur. It had organised a pro-Naxal rally last month at Berhampur. The rally was allegedly attended by many pro-Naxal activists of south Orissa.
Police and intelligence sources are happy over the ban decision taken by the state cabinet. According to them, these organisations have definite links with the Maoists.

The Jan Natya Mandali is active in south Orissa. Its members use songs and dances to attract tribals of the remote areas towards the Naxal philosophy. Members of this organisation have also taken part in the rallies of the Daman Pratirodh Manch in Bhubaneswar. Some of them have also been arrested for their Naxal links.

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